Daniel Pidun Takes Down EPT Berlin Main EventTuesday, April 30th, 2013 by Ryan
We all love a great poker story, especially when it relates to one of the big time poker tournaments out there. Whether it is a player going for their first ever gold bracelet, or possibly looking to make the run from unknown poker player to poker stardom by winning one of the largest events out there like the World Series of Poker Main Event. One story that definitely caught our attention recently comes from the European Poker Tour’s Berlin Main Event. This event has ran some great events over the past year, and we’ve seen some big pay days get put out when all was said and done. One name that is getting a bit well-known though at this event has to be Daniel Pidun, who was able to make it to the final two tables of the Berlin Main Event two years in a row, was able to get the job done this year by not only making the final table, but also by winning the eventual championship and first place pay day.
Back in 2011 Pidun was able to pull in a 9th place finish, while he finished with a 17th place finish in 2012. He apparently just loves playing in this event and feels pretty comfortable here as well, as the German player was just a force at the final table of the EPT Main Event, and pretty much dominated from start to finish of the action to take down his first ever tournament win and also bring in that first place pay day. Probably what made this an even more impressive win for the German is that this tournament was no small field, as there were a total of 912 players who bought into the event, and these weren’t just every day amateur players, as the field featured some big names in the action, and a first place payout of €880,000 when all was said and done.
Interestingly when it was down to only nine players left, it was a fairly unknown field at that point for the players who were playing for the win, and just like each of the many EPT Main Events that have been held before this one, we saw a first time winner at the European Poker Tour take down the event. This event has been running for nine years now, and the fact that we have not yet seen a repeat winner shows that there is definitely a good amount of talent who consistently plays in this event and makes up the field that was nearly 1,000 players.
When the final table action began at this one, we saw Pidun starting in second place in chips behind the leader Robert Haigh, who was holding 5,495,000 chips. Pidun on the other hand was close behind though, with a total of 5,250,000 chips, and it looked like we could have a heck of a match-up, but it was simply Pidun’s day, which was something that we all found out pretty quickly. Not only did Pidun pick up a heck of a run in terms of good cards, but he was also playing some great poker, and remained aggressive against a final table that featured a few players who were definitely playing fairly tentative.
One of the best parts about Pidun’s win was that he was able to get the chips without having to go to showdown very often, meaning that he was chipping out without even showing cards. Once the action got down to five handed though we saw things change, as Pidun would then knock out each of the four players who were left in the action, and just was we originally expected, it was Haigh who made it to the heads up match against him to decide who would take down the championship. Pidun got it done, and didn’t really seem to be stressed too much through the heads up match either.
While this may be Pidun’s first ever career tournament win, he has made a total of six cashes, and three of them have been over the past three years at this European Poker Tour Berlin Main Event. As you can imagine, these three cashes were definitely the largest of his career to this point, and it’s definitely possible that we could end up seeing Pidun a bit more on the poker tournament circuit, especially due to the fact that he has now won over $1 million USD to this point, and has shown that he definitely has the potential to be an incredibly strong player when on top of his game.
The PokerStars European Poker Tour schedule will continue to roll on now as they head to the Grand Final in Monte Carlo, which will run from May 6th through May 15th. This is going to be the end of Season 9, and while it may be coming to an end, this means that we see the action head to Las Vegas for the always talked about World Series of Poker at the end of May.